Luke Graves: Living Luke
- Brian Donaldson
- 26 August 2016
This article is from 2016
A personable but ultimately weak show about weddings and babies
Yet another comedian who has a negative attitude towards children (don't adults know that they used to be one?), Luke Graves is launching into a proposed Fringe four-parter. This one is his engagement show, followed by the wedding set, 2018 marks the baby year (oh, so he wants one after all?) while the year after is the punchline to this whole set-up, so we'll leave that to your imagination.
Spending a lot of time (and that is a very long time) chit-chatting to his audience, Graves finally gets round to doing some material, a large proportion of which is a little limp as he recalls a stag do with added fish-foot spa, wondering what a TripAdvisor page for online dating would look like, and pondering over the real indicator of the state of a live-in relationship: it's how skimmed the milk is in the fridge apparently. A perfectly personable stand-up (he's the Hastings Comedian of the Year just so you know), Graves would have a decent show on his hands if he simply cut out the crowd work and focused on the material. The video footage to close the show adds precious little to what's come before and leaves a puzzled air hanging as the audience troops out.
Sweet Grassmarket, until 28 Aug, 6.35pm, £8 (£6).